The Farm Store located on University Drive is operated and owned by the Agriculture Department, and provides student grown produce and hand crafted products.
Pulling into the small parking lot you get the full experience of an authentic farm store from the petting zoo, to the sent of herbs and citrus tress adjacent to the nursery.
The market has almost everything a usual grocery store would carry.
From a small gift corner with fruits and vegetables, to a sandwich deli and even a section devoted to craft brewed beer and wine from Cal Poly Pomona’s vineyards.
The farm store opened in 2001, and is well known for the CPP grown produce.
Not only does the market sell fruits and veggies ranging from cabbages, oranges and avocados, but also sells wine from on-campus vineyards and craft-brewed beer.
With the help of professional farming teams, students from different agriculture courses provide the various products sold in the quaint grocery market.
One of the top products sold is the freshly squeezed orange juice, made by oranges grown on campus.
Other specialty items include pure locally grown honey, and ‘grind your own’ peanut and almond butter.
Students from different on-campus colleges and majors work the counter, deli and gift shop.
The nursery next to the market sells houseplants, fruit trees, herbs and succulents, all grown and cultivated on campus by students.
The Farm Store is host to several events and activities for the public and students such as, the Taste of the Farm Store, which provides free samples of the products sold at the store.
“It’s like Costco on steroids,” Dawn Taccone Farm Store Manager said.
They also participate in a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in Irvine.
In addition to the grocery store and nursery, there is also a petting farm across the small parking lot.
They have pigs, rabbits and sheep among other animals that are available to pet and feed.
Cultivating the ‘learn by doing’ motto, student work ranges from the actual growing and farming side of food production, to the agribusiness and marketing side, and all contribute to the farms stores success.
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